Hi all, Ive been suffering from what my doctor refers to as poly-arthritis for 10 weeks now and have been in so much pain that I've been off work for the entire time.
My symptoms appeared over a 2 day period and it was really quite frightening. I had been so happy, running, working and enjoying my new home when suddenly my wrists, fingers, ankles, knees and feet became swollen and so painful I couldn't walk or grip things with my hands. My doctor told me that it was an arthritic reaction to a virus and it would go away on its own. Sadly it hasn't gone or even got any better. My doctor now thinks there's a possibility that it's an auto-immune disorder.
I've had 3 lots of blood tests and my CRP in the last lot was 42 but other than being slightly anaemic the other tests were clear. I'm on naproxen which takes the edge off the pain and I have got an appointment with a rheumatologist in 2 weeks time. I just hope I get some answers and help at my appointment so I can start to get better and back to a normal life.
Any tips on attending the first appointment with a rheumatologist would be great and any encouragement that there is help out there and I may feel better one day would be good!
Thanks for reading my rather long post!